Feb 29, 2016 07:56 AM EST

Pokemon Update: 20 Years Old And Still Capturing Hearts of Fans Worldwide

Pokemon has recently celebrated its 20th anniversary on Feb. 27 with the release of a pair of 3DS games on Feb. 26. The games were launched at the Pokemon Direct official site.

Fans of one of the most popular games in the world were not really surprised since there were numerous leaks on the previous day before the games were unveiled. In addition, the recent launching of the latest Pokemon Magearna suggested that a fresh installment of this series is soon to be unveiled.

Twenty years ago, Pokemon Red and Green was launched in Japan for the platform Game Boy. That gave birth to a series of video games which has sold more than 200 million copies.  

But the game did not rest on video games alone. Its popularity reached into a cartoon series that has produced over 900 episodes and 19 movies. The game also inspired a card game that became popular and has now a total of 68 sets and is still receiving a lot of updates. It has inspired fans to play competitively using the game.

Nintendo, the company that created the game, also made a lot of money from the sales of related items such as T-shirts, mascots, dolls, and so forth. Its makers became richer with the brand earning approximately $1.5 billion every year.

The company also revealed that the Virtual Console version of the games will now enable game transfers. That means, Pokemon traded or caught in Blue, Yellow and Red versions on the new 3DS Virtual Console can be transferred to the latest game iterations which include Sun and Moon, through the Pokebank.

The games have really gone a long way since its birth considering that Nintendo launched it when Game Boy was already getting old and in 1966 is beginning to decline in popularity. Now, twenty years later, Pokemon is still alive and kicking with new and more exciting games like Sun and Moon, Pokemon Go, and others soon to come.

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